The “Pink Lancers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, presently working out of Cooperative Safety Location (CSL) in Comalapa, El Salvador, proceed their success throughout the U.S. 4th Fleet space of operations (AOO). Working with the U.S. Coast Guard, together with companion nation belongings from Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico, VP-10 has assisted in a number of profitable counter-narcotics missions. Since their arrival in Could 2021, VP-10 has flown over 300 operational hours within the P-8A Poseidon plane and aided within the seizure of 12,739 kilograms of cocaine and seven,000 kilos of marijuana with a mixed estimated avenue worth of over $903 million.

“Executing the mission units within the 4th Fleet space of operations has been an ideal expertise and alternative for me to translate my coaching to actual world execution,” stated Naval Aircrewman (Operator) third Class Angel Wilson, a sensor operator, from Fort Thomas, Ky. “It has additionally been extraordinarily rewarding to work with the companion nations within the area in direction of a typical mission and objective of countering illicit narcotics trafficking.”


“I couldn’t be extra happy with the Pink Lancer Group. They’ve operated flawlessly throughout the U.S. Southern Command space of duty throughout these unprecedented instances,” stated Capt. Matthew Pottenburgh, Commander, Process Pressure 47. “Their efforts on-station have diminished the move of practically $1 billion in illicit medication and have degraded transnational prison organizations. Moreover, they’ve labored alongside our companion nations in Central and South America to immediately assist the Nationwide Drug Management Technique.”

Patrol Squadron 10 (VP-10) is a United States Navy Patrol Squadron primarily based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. It’s nicknamed the “Pink Lancers” and is supplied with the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. It’s the third squadron to be designated VP-10. VP-10 continues to indicate why the P-8A performs an important position in counter-narcotics missions by offering the power to determine and monitor targets of curiosity from the sky. Using their long-range cameras and superior radars, crews are capable of relay info to at-sea belongings to intercept vessels engaged in unlawful narcotics trafficking. There are 275 personnel assigned to VP-10 and for a lot of it’s their first deployment since becoming a member of the Navy.

A P-8A Poseidon plane, hooked up to the “Pink Lancers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, waits in standby for a possible prepared launch on the runway on the Cooperative Safety Location (CSL) in Comalapa, El Salvador. VP-10 is deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supporting Commander, Process Pressure (CTF) 47 performing maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPRA) missions all through the Caribbean, and Central and South America. (U.S. Navy picture by Lt. Daniel Lemay/Launched)